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Win A Lifetime Ski Pass For Colorado's Winter Park

Win A Lifetime Ski Pass For Colorado's Winter Park Oct 24th, 2012 at 8:00AM: The 2012-2013 ski season gets underway on November 14 at Colorado's Winter Park Resort, where the snow has already been falling. To celebrate, the resort is giving away a host of prizes including skis, snowboards and other gear. But the prize that will be the most coveted amongst ski bums everywhere will no doubt be the ski pass that is good for an entire lifetime. To be eligible to win,...

Ski Season Officially Begins, Arapahoe Basin Opens Today

Ski Season Officially Begins, Arapahoe Basin Opens Today Oct 17th, 2012 at 8:00AM: It may be hard to believe, but the North American ski season officially begins today. Colorado's Arapahoe Basin fires up the chairlifts this morning at 9 a.m. local time and soon there after, skiers and snowboarders will be making their first runs of the year. The resort has announced that its Black Mountain Express lift will be the first in operation, taking guests to the start of the High Noon...

Roadside America: Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley

Roadside America: Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley Oct 13th, 2012 at 1:00PM: If you were to ask most Americans if they'd heard of the Roaring Fork Valley, you'd get a blank stare. Mention Aspen, however, and the light goes on, regardless of their social or economic standing (blame reality TV, our cultural obsession with celebrity, and 1970s/Reagan-era excess). Aspen may be the St. Moritz of the U.S., but its location at the upper (southeast) end of the western...

Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Offers Two-Season Double Down Ski Pass

Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Offers Two-Season Double Down Ski Pass Sep 26th, 2012 at 8:00AM: It may be hard to believe but a new ski season is closer than you think. The mountaintops of Colorado have already started to receive light snow and ski resorts across the Western states are already busy preparing for opening day. One of those resorts is the legendary Arapahoe Basin, which is generally amongst the first hills to open each year and the last to close as well. That long season makes...

Colorado's Chimney Rock Named National Monument

Colorado's Chimney Rock Named National Monument Sep 23rd, 2012 at 9:00AM: This past Friday, as part of his America's Great Outdoors Initiative, President Obama signed legislation that officially designated Colorado's Chimney Rock a national monument. The move extends permanent federal protection to the site, and 4700 acres surrounding it, all of which are located inside the San Juan National Forest. At the center of the new monument is the 315-foot-tall rock spire...

Aspen's 'Revolutionary' New Restaurant: Is This The Future Of Fine Dining?

Aspen's 'Revolutionary' New Restaurant: Is This The Future Of Fine Dining? Sep 22nd, 2012 at 12:00PM: Aspen is well known for many things, some more savory (its restaurants) than others (Charlie Sheen arrests). There's also the world-class skiing, but a person's gotta eat, and Aspen definitely boasts some of Colorado's finest restaurants. In a ski town, that's saying a lot. In June, Aspen's restaurant scene just grew a little bigger, better and more groundbreaking, with the opening of Chefs...

Stressed Out? Try A Walk In A Cemetery

Stressed Out? Try A Walk In A Cemetery Sep 18th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Cemeteries get a bad rap in the United States. The only time of year we really pay attention to them is Halloween, and then, it's to equate them with fear or evil. I suppose Memorial Day and Veteran's Day give cemeteries a little love, but those holidays are more about who's in the actual graves, and not about the places themselves. Unlike many of the world's cultures, which celebrate or...

Last Minute Labor Day Road Trip Ideas

Last Minute Labor Day Road Trip Ideas Aug 26th, 2012 at 1:00PM: If a Labor Day road trip sounds like a good idea, you're not alone. Over 30 million Americans will be hitting the highways for the long weekend, traveling across town, from state to state or around the nation. Like that idea but have no plans? Here are some must-stay places along some of the best American scenic drives that are not just a place to park, but also a way to extend the journey...

2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Begins Today

2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Begins Today Aug 20th, 2012 at 8:00AM: The 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge is set to get underway this morning in Durango, Colorado, where 126 of the world's best cyclists will hit the road for the first stage of the race. The event, which is in its second year, will cover 683 miles (1099 kilometers) over the next seven days, finishing on Sunday, August 26, in Denver. The event, which is being billed as "America's Race," features a...

Aspen's Little Nell Hotel Offers Free Fly-Fishing And Biking Now Through October 15

Aspen's Little Nell Hotel Offers Free Fly-Fishing And Biking Now Through October 15 Aug 15th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Colorado is a big state, and most of it remained unscathed during June's wildfires. The Aspen region in particular is known for its knockout scenery, which includes the twin peaks of the Maroon Bells, wildflower-festooned meadows, shimmering aspen groves and crystalline rivers. With fall foliage (if you've never witnessed the turning of aspens, it's worth seeing) just around the corner, The...

Where To Sleep During A Long-Haul Road Trip: Putting A Price On Your Safety

Where To Sleep During A Long-Haul Road Trip: Putting A Price On Your Safety Aug 14th, 2012 at 11:00AM: As you may have gathered from my last few posts, I spent the second half of July and first week of August living out of my car during a relocation from Seattle to Boulder. En route, I had a family vacation on the Klamath River in Northern California, and business trips to the Bay Area and North Carolina, which is why I was in limbo. I've road-tripped and relocated across the West many times,...

The Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race Takes Place Today

The Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race Takes Place Today Aug 11th, 2012 at 8:00AM: One of the most demanding mountain bike races in North America takes place today in Leadville, Colorado, where some of the top riders in the world will compete in the legendary Leadville 100 MTB. The race features a course that offers plenty of difficult climbs made all the more challenging due to the altitude at which the event takes place. The Leadville 100 MTB was first held back in 1994 and...

The Worst-Smelling Towns In America

The Worst-Smelling Towns In America Aug 1st, 2012 at 9:00AM: Last week, I was in Eureka, California, for a couple of days with my parents and brother's family. Despite the cute, historic downtown and an epic feast at the renown Samoa Cookhouse, our overwhelming impression of this coastal city is that it should be renamed "Eureeka," because it stinks – literally. The stench of ... bait fish? Fish meal or perhaps cat food processing enveloped our...

10 Title-Holding National Parks In The United States

10 Title-Holding National Parks In The United States Jul 15th, 2012 at 3:00PM: National parks hold some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country, and sometimes even the world. Not only do these destinations make for great hiking, biking and adventure sports, but they also allow you to view one-of-a-kind facets you can't find anywhere else on the planet. While Black Canyon of the Gunnison holds the title of being the country's newest national park,...

Reaching The Summit Of The United States' Most Visited Peak

Reaching The Summit Of The United States' Most Visited Peak Jul 11th, 2012 at 3:00PM: At 14,110 feet, Pikes Peak is one of Colorado's "fourteeners," mountain peaks reaching 14,000 feet or higher. Although not the highest, Pikes Peak is the country's most visited mountain, with more than a half million people reaching the summit each year. While hiking is how many people choose to brag about their reaching the top of these dizzying mountains, Pike's Peak is one of only two...

Exploring Western Colorado's Undiscovered Wine Region

Exploring Western Colorado's Undiscovered Wine Region Jul 10th, 2012 at 12:00PM: While many people know Colorado for its rich beer culture and plethora of breweries across the state, their wine regions have somehow managed to go undetected. The reality is, western Colorado is home to many fertile vineyards, boutique wineries and vino-related events. To help shed some light on the subject, here is a guide to exploring western Colorado's wine region. History Historically,...

A Summer Road Trip Through Southwest Colorado

A Summer Road Trip Through Southwest Colorado Jul 10th, 2012 at 11:00AM: While usually thought of as a winter destination, Colorado has a lot to offer the summer traveler. For the itinerary below, I'd suggest touring the U.S. state via car, allotting at least two weeks, although three or four would be better. Denver Although this is technically central Colorado, it's an excellent starting point for your road trip, especially since you'll most likely be flying...

Sipping Vino At The Northern Hemisphere's Highest Winery And Vineyard

Sipping Vino At The Northern Hemisphere's Highest Winery And Vineyard Jul 9th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Terror Creek Winery and Vineyard is located in the West Elks American Viticultural Area of Colorado. The establishment gets its name from the snow-fed stream residing along the property's edge, called Terror Creek. What makes Terror Creek really special is the fact that, at 6,400 feet, it's the highest winery and vineyard that's estate bottled in the northern hemisphere. The winery sits atop...

Photo Gallery: Colorado Wildflowers

Jul 7th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Colorado may be burning, but it's also blooming. July kicks off wildflower season in the Rockies; in a place of perpetual photo opps, it's one of the most beautiful times to visit. Crested Butte's annual Wildflower Festival is July 9-12, and includes over 80 hikes, 4x4 backcountry tours, and photography, gardening and cooking classes. If you can't make a trip out, enjoy these photos of Colorado...

Quirky Hospitality In Ouray, Colorado

Quirky Hospitality In Ouray, Colorado Jul 5th, 2012 at 4:00PM: There are many interesting cities to visit during a trip through Colorado. While Denver has excellent artisanal shops, you can find the world's highest distillery in Breckenridge. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, the little known town of Ouray offers various ways to receive quirky hospitality. Quirky Restaurant: The Outlaw Located at 610 Main Street, The Outlaw is the...

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